Saudi Arabia has strongly condemned Israel’s plans to extend its military offensive to Rafah in the Gaza Strip and has called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. The Saudi Foreign Ministry warned of the dangerous repercussions of attacking Rafah, which is home to hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by Israeli aggression.
In a statement, the ministry expressed categorical rejection and strong condemnation of the forced displacement of the enclave’s inhabitants and called for an immediate ceasefire. The statement also underlined the need for the UN Security Council to meet urgently to prevent Israel from provoking a humanitarian catastrophe.
Israel plans to extend its military offensive to Rafah, where around 1.7 million people are crowded, most of them already evacuated from other parts of the enclave. Both the UN and the United States have expressed concern about a possible expansion of the Israeli offensive, with the US State Department warning that a military operation without adequate planning for the evacuation of civilians would be disastrous.
Saudi Arabia, which conditions the establishment of relations with Israel on international recognition of a Palestinian state in the territories occupied in 1967, called a consultative meeting on the Gaza Strip with five Arab countries and the Palestinian National Authority. The meeting emphasized